Recent News in Psychology

Here’s some recent news in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science from around the internet.

Neuroscience: Coffee Can Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s
Love coffee? You might be in luck. Although the fresh, aromatic bean has long been lauded for its many uses and benefits, it can be difficult to see a real use for coffee outside of its primary function — keeping us awake when we don’t have the energy to ourselves…

The psychology of privacy in the era of the Internet of Things
Are we prepared for ubiquitous computing and its evil twin, ubiquitous surveillance?
Foreseeing such a future, the Helsinki Privacy Experiment explored the long-term psychological consequences of surveillance in the home. Though participants responded to the constant intrusion of a camera in their private space by changing their behavior to gain control of when they might be recorded, over time, most simply got used to it…

March Madness: The sports psychology behind a winning team
With the NCAA Women’s & Men’s Basketball Tournaments continuing, now is a great opportunity to try to understand the psychology of excellence. It is one thing to attain, and it’s another thing to sustain success. In other words, from a sport psychology point of view, there is one set of traits necessary to be No. 1, and there’s another set of traits necessary to stay there…

Is Your Self-Esteem Too High to Be Successful?
You probably rely too much on self-esteem for your success. This is a mistake. High self-esteem has several problems. This includes the potential for violence and a fear of failure. If success is your goal, forget self-esteem and embrace self-compassion…

New psychology study finds pronoun use can be an indicator of a strong, healthy relationship
Published in the journal Personal Relationships, “Everyday Emotion Word and Personal Pronoun Use Reflects Dyadic Adjustment Among Couples Coping with Breast Cancer,” Robbins and graduate students Alex Karan and Robert Wright analyzed 52 couples coping with breast cancer. The couples went home with an “Electronically Activated Recorder”, or “EAR,” that recorded 50 seconds of sound every nine minutes. Except for sleeping hours, they wore the EAR for a weekend (Friday-Sunday). Researchers analyzed conversations that did not concentrate on cancer – otherwise called “normal conversations,” which made up 95 percent of couples’ daily conversations…

Long-Sought Research Deregulation Is Upon Us. Don’t Squander the Moment.
It has been a 40-year labor: Regulatory systems are not easy to undo. Nevertheless, in January the federal government opened the door for universities to deregulate vast portions of research in the social sciences, law, and the humanities. This long-sought and welcome reform of the regulations requiring administrative oversight of federally funded human-subject research on college campuses limits the scope of institutional review board, or IRB, management by exempting low-risk research with human subjects from the board’s review…
Reply: Research Deregulation in Psychology Not Cause for Celebration

“They’re turning the frogs gay”: The psychology behind internet conspiracy theories
We seem to be living in an era where conspiracy theories are booming. From Hillary Clinton’s paedophile pizza parlour, to Russian hackers, Red Pillers, Obama’s communist coup and Trump’s 4D Chess – the internet has been flooded with conspiracies from both the Left and Right. Dr Robert Bartholomew, a sociologist who specialises in mass delusions, believes that social media has exacerbated conspiracy culture…

Is Mental Illness the Rule Rather than the Exception?
When we hear about the number of people who struggle with psychiatric disorders, the most common quote is 1 in 5 for any given year. This statistic comes from several reports over the years issued by the Surgeon General’s office and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA)…

A Dietary Treatment for Depression
A randomized controlled trial shows the right diet can improve depression…

Organic Food and Psychology: How Perception Makes Us Spend 47% More
People may find that organic foods taste better than conventionally grown produce but evidence shows our perception of food goes beyond what our sense of taste dictates. Considering the cost of organic food might want us to evaluate our perception of food in general…

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